Warranted Words

Warranted Words

Acts 7:51-8:1a

Ps. 31

John 6:30-35

    We are always receiving feedback on all our social media, and on the street,  words like “F…k you”, and really many more descriptive words. Some days there seems to be nothing warranted.

    But none of these words compare to the last prayer of Stephen in Acts 7:59 as he was stoned:

“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,” and he fell to his knees, shouting: “Lord don’t charge them with this sin,” and with that, he died.”

    Stephen teaches us that in the eyes of many people their words are warranted, and these words are dealing death physically and in spirit but the words of Jesus call us to love others. Jesus calls us to forgive those who hurt us with unwarranted words.

We can either play it safe: keep our mouths shut or we can proclaim the Word of love in our words and actions. All religions teach the law of love.

    People ask why we follow Jesus, the answer is simply–he has the words of life:

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.  Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty ( John 6:35).

The Universal Christ has truly risen and speaks the warranted words of loving one another.   And our cup runneth over with the Holy Spirit. Amen and Alleluia. Might we make these our loudest Easter words through feeding the hungry, loving the mentally ill, providing housing and health care? Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Fr. River Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www. temenos.org




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